Contemporizing the old
In 2014, Aesop’s very first signature store in Norway was opened in Prinsensgate in Oslo. The store, designed in collaboration with Snøhetta, is the 100th Aesop store to be opened worldwide.
Inspired by the sensory experience of the Aesop consultation process, the architectural exploration began by revealing materials and surfaces that have been hidden and covered within the space, some dating back to the 1800s – a process of archeology. Once revealed in the renovation process, the cosmetic of the new materiality was added to the interior’s existing surfaces, contemporizing the old.
Concept Design, Henriksen Snekkeri, Byggimpuls, Douglas Simpson/Simtek
The movement through the space is directed by the centrally located sink. This is where the customers wash their hands, products can be tested, and demonstrations can be made. Its form replicates those of the ceiling domes almost in reverse. The multiple domes in the ceiling function to de-focus the space, while the single wash basin focuses the activities.